Sunday, March 11, 2012

Joseph Ducreux Portrait de l'artiste sous les traits d'un moqueur, Self-portrait, ca. 1793

This is a self portrait by Joseph Ducreux who was a prominent French portrait painter during the times leading up to the French Revolution and following the French Revolution. The reason I like this self portrait is because he takes a nontraditional approach as apposed to the typical composed posture, ghost-like emotionless face, and crossed arms of the majority of the portraits during the time. This self portrait works well at expressing the sort of character this French painter might've been, by actually including a face that shows some emotion and clothes and accessories that convey a classy but informal vibe. Overall, I find this self portrait amusing to say the least, and I applaud Ducreux's approach to conveying his character in this self portrait.

-Andrew Chen

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